Many college students experience mental health issues that affect them. Research shows that. Accordingly, ninety-five percent of college students have significant psychological problems which is a growing concern. Moreover, seventy percent of directors believe that the number of students with severe psychological problems on their campus has increased in the past year. According to a survey, anxiety is the top presenting concern among college students (41.6 percent), followed by depression (36.4 percent) and relationship problems (35.8 percent). Besides, the directors report that among the counseling center students present, 21 percent have severe mental health while 40percent have mild mental health concerns.
EFFECTS OF MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES IN SOCIETY
Mental health issues have several effects on society. Firstly, they cause disabilities that make the victims unable to work. Secondly, it leads to an increase in physical health problems that are costly to treat hence result in financial strains. These issues also reduce employment prospects. This mostly affects college students since it reduces their productivity in case they find jobs. Additionally, employing people with mental health problems is more absent from work hence reducing their productivity. Thirdly, these problems are associated with homelessness due to poverty, unemployment, substance use, and challenges with forming and maintaining relationships.
COMMON ISSUES FOR COLLEGES STUDENTS TODAY
In the world today, college students face a lot of challenges. Most students face social anxiety, general anxiety, panic attacks, and test anxiety. This could cause them mental health issues that reduce their productivity in schools. Moreover, some of them have family expectations and problems therefore they have difficulty expressing themselves to their families. Besides some of them experience relationship difficulties that involve both emotional and physical aspects of intimate relationships. Lastly, a large population of students have eating problems or body image issues which are a result of constant body shaming from their peers.